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|According to the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) audit of June 30, 2017 (Note 8, Commitments, Contingencies & Risks, Litigation):|
"AWF was a codefendant in an action brought by a group of individuals who claimed ownership through adverse possession of a private parcel of land purchased for conservation purposes by AWF in fiscal year 2009 in Kenya. The seller of the land was a codefendant in the suit, as well as the Kenya Wildlife Service, which manages the land on behalf of the government of Kenya, and which received the land as a gift from AWF in November 2011. The suit was dismissed in its entirety by the High Court on July 27, 2017, and the plaintiffs were ordered to pay the costs of the suit. The plaintiffs filed an appeal shortly thereafter in July, which is currently being considered in the High Court of Kenya. Given the ruling by the court and the evidence presented, AWF is confident the appeal will be dismissed. However, given the court process in Kenya, this will take time as demonstrated by the eight-year process in the original case."